Principal Scientist - Analytical Chemistry

Lake Forest, Illinois
June 11 2021
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type
Role Summary:

Our Pharmaceutical Sciences function supports Pfizer's early to late stage portfolio translating new chemical entities into commercial drug products. Pharmaceutical Sciences is a fully integrated Chemistry, Manufacturing and Controls capability that encompasses state of the art active pharmaceutical ingredient synthesis and drug product design as well as cGMP manufacturing and clinical trials supply chain. Operating within Parenteral center of Excellence (PCOE), the Innovative Parenteral Product Development (IPPD) group utilizes expertise in analytical chemistry, materials science, formulation design and process development to deliver innovative new parenteral medicines.

We are seeking an analytical scientist to work in a team environment (under supervision of a team leader) engaged in the design, development, analysis and characterization of innovative parenteral pharmaceutical dosage forms.

You will predominantly be working in IPPD on novel drug product and technology projects. You will be responsible for experimental design, planning and execution of high quality work, interpretation and reporting of data and communication to enable the design, development, optimization, scale-up and technology transfer of pharmaceutical dosage forms. Under the mentorship of subject matter experts, your existing knowledge and experience will be enhanced through engagement in a program of active learning and training tailored to accelerate your contribution to the diverse business of IPPD.

Role Responsibilities
  • Design and undertake high quality scientific experimentation to further the analytical development of dosage forms for novel drug candidates or product enhancement projects, which may include formulation, characterization and biopharmaceutics assessment to derive appropriate data. Role also encompasses documentation of experiments in line with IPPD and site guidelines and authoring of technical reports.
  • Define analytical methodology to support the manufacture of clinical supplies and commercial drug product based on development and application of advanced analytical understanding and provide scientific / technical support to colleagues in GMP manufacturing facilities where appropriate.
  • Contribute to the drafting of the relevant sections of the Quality modules of regulatory documentation. Interpret scientific data to derive clear conclusions and provide direction for future work.
  • Provide technical support to the Pharmaceutical Sciences multidisciplinary team to facilitate and influence the development of quality drug products.
  • Develop and maintain a contemporary in-depth understanding of the science, technology and regulation of parenteral pharmaceutical dosage forms and apply this knowledge to development of assigned drug candidates.
  • Ensure safe working practices are maintained both in own and others work.
  • Based on expert knowledge, contribute / lead or develop solutions for multi-faceted problems affecting drug development.
  • Provide scientific and strategic input at the interface with the Research Units and Business Units to promote early stage projects enabled through drug delivery technologies.
  • Provide technical oversight and direction, to junior formulation and analytical scientists.
  • Mentor, motivate and inspire other colleagues, assisting in their scientific and personal development to ensure effective colleague engagement.


Ph.D. in a nalytical chemistry or allied scientific discipline with 5+ years of work experience in an operational R&D role in pharmaceutical, drug delivery (e.g. drug product development with analytical focus; characterization of parenteral dosage forms and support of regulatory submissions through cross functional interactions ); or Master's degree with 10+ years of relevant experience.
  • Recognized scientific knowledge base and technical ability in requisite analytical tools (e.g. HPLC/UPLC, spectroscopic methods) to understand parenteral products.
  • Evidence of the ability to exercise sound scientific and technical judgement
  • Good experimentalist with experience and competence in a wide range of lab technologies and unit operations in a manufacturing environment, adherence to GMP and regulatory submissions.
  • Effective oral and written communication
  • Able to contribute effectively as a member of multidisciplinary teams

Other Job Details
  • Last Date to Apply for Job: June 21, 2021
  • Eligible for Relocation Package: Yes
  • Eligible for Employee Referral Bonus: Yes


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